Secretary Poster

Release Date: September 27th, 2002

DVD Release Date: April 1st, 2003

R|1 hr 52 min

Plot Summary
Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a young woman with a history of severe emotional problems, is released into the care of her overbearing parents following a stay at a mental institution. She finds work as a secretary for a rigid and demanding attorney, E. Edward Grey (James Spader), and starts dating the kind but dull Peter (Jeremy Davies). However, Lee soon realizes she's turned on by Grey's stern demeanor, and begins a sadomasochistic relationship with him.

Cast: James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Davies, Patrick Bauchau, Stephen McHattie, Oz Perkins, Jessica Tuck, Amy Locane

Director: Steven Shainberg

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Slough Pond, TwoPoundBag Productions, Double A Films

Ratings & Reviews

view all
  • Lee's journey of the body and soul is something else. Maggie Gyllenhaal makes it strangely touching, a revelation.

  • A film of startling humor and feeling. For that, director Steven Shainberg, who co-wrote the script with Erin Cressida Wilson, owes much to two remarkable performances. show more

  • Pulls off a neat trick: It's a poignant, sweet-natured love story in which what most of us would call kinky sex - domination, submission, some enthusiastic spanking - is featured prominently, but not pruriently. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

Featured News

view all
Best Movie Sex Scenes of All Time
Best Movie Sex Scenes of All Time